Women's 18th Century, Gothic, Lady Rebecca Gown, Plunkett & Macleane - Custom, Made To Order
Made to Order
The gown pictured is from the film Plunkett & Macleane staring Liv Tyler (pictured). Due to my very full commission schedule, I do not have available time to make samples. Please peruse my other listings to judge the quality of my workmanship.
My vision for this gorgeous 18th Century inspired confection, will be custom drafted and made to your measurements using and authentic 18th Century "pattern" and "construction techniques" - But the lace pictured in this gown is not historically accurate. Since fabrics are not included in the listing price, you can choose your own lace and silk flat lining of the bodice and skirt. Underskirt in the gown worn by Liv Tyler was made of silk with a lace overlay in a complimentary pattern paired with the main lace of the bodice and overskirt. My rendition of this custom couture gown has a sturdy under structure - rather than just two layers of fabric sewn together! It is fully lined, and lightly boned - - However, *MUST be worn with an 18th Century style corset! No exceptions.
FABRICS: CLIENT PROVIDES FASHION FABRICS. I prefer to work with only quality fabrics to ensure the best outcome. Please order swatches and allow me to review them before ordering your yardage to ensure they will drape properly.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS: Cost depends on the actual lace you purchase.
12 Yards Black/White Sequined Lace (Nylon) or Floral Bridal Lace, approximately $25 to $29 per yard/meter 52" to 54" wide: $348.00 and up.
12 Yards Silk Dupioni for Flat Lining: $225
ADD $573 to the listed labor fees below.
SPECIAL SUPPLIES PROVIDED BY DFT:
4 Yards Fusible Linen Batiste for Flat lining Bodice: $15
1 yard Tailors Buckram: $23
2 yards Black Cotton Lining: $16
Metal Stays - Lacing Bars: $5.00
5 yards Black Velvet Trim edging: $20
SUPPLIES: $ 89.00
LABOR FEES: $745.00
TOTAL: $834.00 (Does not include Fashion Fabrics)
MUST WEAR: An authentic 18th Century style Chemise (smock), corded petticoat, bumpads, as well as POCKET PANNIERS and petticoat - NOT INCLUDED.
An authentically styled 18th Century corset is absolutely ESSENTIAL for the proper fit of an 18th Century gown. While my bodices are highly structured with tailoring in the inner-structure, adding boning to the gown proper in lieu of, or in place of, a proper pair of stays will NOT provide you the necessary silhouette, nor will it provide the same support. Therefore stays are a necessity rather than an option. Without proper stays you risk a serious malfunction of the gown such as: burst seams or torn grommets for gowns that lace up. An authentically styled pair of stays is necessary when creating the upper body cast, which I require in order to be able to draft a properly fitted gown to your exact measurements. The 18th Century silhouette flattens the breasts and smooths the entire torso. If you wear a Victorian or Civil War style "corset" it will not flatten the breast as needed for the 18th (and 16th) Century, and your custom gown from me will not fit properly. I pattern my 16th and 18th Century gowns to be HISTORICALLY ACCURATE, which means I follow the actual historical standards and practices for construction. These style of gowns are made to fit FLAT against the torso rather than to conform to the curve of the breast as you see in clothing for the 1800s and early 1900s. If you aren't wearing the proper 18th Century stays both during the making of the necessary cast, AND when you wear the gown, the front of the gown will NOT lay properly, i.e., it won't appear smooth and in can ride up in front. Therefore, it is imperative that you wear an 18th century style pair of stays underneath an 18th Century gown ONLY. The only exception to this is wearing 18th Century stays with a 16th Century gown. Both styles were similar in that they flatten the breast and push them upward to create the exquisite décolletage these eras were known for, and smooth out the torso. Many of my 16th Century clients wear a properly styled and fully-channeled pair stays made for 18th Century as a means of economics; rather than purchasing two separate corsets.
If you do not own a proper pair of stays you can add them to your order at the link below:
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: Non-refundable 20% deposit is required to hold a spot on my calendar. - Please check my availability before ordering. My calendar is often filled out a year in advance so there will be a delay even for gowns paid in full.
TIME ALLOWANCE: Custom orders usually take about 3 to 4 months to complete, but depends on my current work schedule. BRIDES - - allow at least 6 months!! A muslin mock up and a duct-tape body double are necessary in order for me to accomplish a correct fit.
PLEASE NOTE: Any changes or additions to the gown design will affect the labor fees.
Available in the following sizes Only:
Hip (9" below waist): 32-1/2"
Back-neck to Waist: 15-1/2"
Hip (9" below waist): 33-1/2"
Back-neck to Waist: 15-3/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 34-1/2"
Back-neck to Waist: 16"
Hip (9" below waist): 36"
Back-neck to Waist: 1-1/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 38"
Back-neck to Waist: 16-1/2"
Hip (9" below waist): 40"
Back-neck to Waist: 16-1/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 42"
Back-neck to Waist: 17"
Hip (9" below waist): 44"
Back-neck to Waist: 17-1/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 46"
Back-neck to Waist: 17-3/8"
LISTED TURN-AROUND TIMES ARE SUBJECTIVE: I accept (and fill) orders for Frock Coats, Gowns, and Men's Ensembles on a "First Come, First Served" basis, no matter if paid in full at the time of purchase, and regardless of the 9 to 10 week timeline listed for turn-around. Etsy does not provide the 3 - 4month option that I require for construction.
I am very often booked out 6 to 8 months at a time. Please contact me to check my availability. To be added to my schedule, I require a 40% deposit to hold a spot open. You can visit my website and check my Waiting List Schedule for my next available date. But, my calendar fills up quickly!
Contact me for more details.
*** SHIPPING FEES LISTED ARE APPROXIMATED AND MAY VARY DEPENDING ON WEIGHT AND DISTANCE. AN ADDITIONAL INVOICE WILL BE SENT UPON COMPLETION OF GOWN
**Hand made items will have small imperfections.
No refunds. All Sales are final. Please read policies on lay away and non-refundable 30% deposit.
~ COMMUNICATION: Buyer agrees and acknowledges by the remittance of their 20% Non-Refundable Deposit, or payment in full at the time of purchase, that ALL communication with DFT, hereafter known as Seller, must remain through Etsy in order to abide by Etsy’s policies for Sellers. Buyer further agrees that once their order has been placed with DFT, a.k.a. Seller, Buyer will maintain REGULAR contact with DFT, i.e., including but not limited to, checking their Etsy messages on a regular basis throughout the duration their commission is listed on DFT’s schedule until such time as their commission has been completed, the balance paid, and the item(s) shipped.
~ PROJECT PAUSE FEE: Buyer agrees and acknowledges by the remittance of their 20% Non-refundable deposit, or by their Payment in full at the time of purchase, that should they, Buyer, become non-responsive, i.e., fail to respond to messages on Etsy from DFT, during the time period between the date of placing their order and the date of their scheduled reservation, it shall be left to DFT’s discretion whether or not the Buyer’s project is placed on HOLD, Rescheduled, or Canceled without refunding their non-refundable deposit. Furthermore, should DFT decide to reschedule or place the project on Hold pending the receipt of their fabrics, measurements, or upper body cast, Buyer will be obligated to pay an ADDITIONAL $100 “Project Pause Fee” to Seller, to be paid in advance by Buyer prior to work re-starting on their project. In the event that Buyer has purchased their project without a non-refundable deposit, DFT will NOT reschedule unless or until ALL fabrics (if applicable) have been received, correct measurements sent, and their upper body casts have been received, and an ADDITIONAL $100 “Project Pause Fee” shall be paid in full to DFT prior to work continuing.
~ UPPER BODY CASTS/MOCK-UPS: Buyer agrees and acknowledges by the remittance of their 20% Non-refundable deposit, or their Payment in full at the time of purchase, that they are responsible for creating an upper body cast from cellophane wrap and “Painter’s Tape” (NOT DUCT TAPE), which shall meet ALL the specifications in the instructional video and the PDF handout. Buyer agrees and understands that if their cast is NOT made correctly the fit of their garment CANNOT be guaranteed, and DFT will not be held liable. Furthermore, in the event that a muslin mock-up of the garment is necessary, the Buyer MUST have someone who is knowledgeable in fitting a toile (mock-up). If the mock-up is not correctly fitted, again, DFT, a.k.a. Seller, CANNOT guarantee a correct fit of the finished garment, and shall not be held liable by the Seller.
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
ALL of our GOWNS are one-of-a-kind couture, and custom drafted to fit your personal measurements! Most vendors on Etsy offer multiples, i.e., cranking out the same gown over, and over; however, we do not repeat the same gown. Rather, we will take a style you like and customize it for your personal tastes using our superior craftsmanship and knowledge for historical clothing and construction. All of the samples you see listed in our store can be personalized. Additionally, all of our accessories (hats, smocks, corsets/stays) are customized to fit your measures as well. While you may find CHEAPER versions of gowns offered by other vendors, one glance at OUR work will reflect the disparity between a so-called bargain and true quality.
With a 20% non-refundable deposit, you can reserve a slot on our calendar. The remaining balance can be parceled out into six (6) automated monthly payments via PayPal on any item valued at $800 or more. We've lowered our deposit from 40% to 20% to make it more affordable for our clients. Details are included in a contract for your protection.
We are blessed to stay busy! Our calendar is filled at least 8 to 10 months - or more - in advance. It's best to give us NO LESS than 6 months advance notice, but optimally longer! - especially for bridal gowns and highly detailed ensembles. Depending on the intricacy of your gown commission it can take up to 12 to 14 weeks just for construction. Because most of our pieces are highly detailed with custom embroidered fabrics and beading, we need every second! We squeeze accessories and corsets into our gown commission schedule and usually need no less than 3 months advance for those smaller items. It is best to inquire before ordering. We will make every effort possible to assist in your deadline.
We will ship outside the USA - However, because our clothing is customized there will be added shipping expenses. We work off a "body cast" created from Painters Tape and Cellophane wrap which must be created in your era appropriate corset (for women). This cast is shipped to us at the customer's expense. Any customs fees or taxes are the responsibility of the client, as well as any insurance.
All of our gowns priced in the listing reflect a specific "style detail" and "level of embellishment." We don't crank out the same gowns over and over and scrimp on quality craftsmanship. Unless specified in the listing details, all the gowns are priced for LABOR ONLY. Fashion fabrics for gowns are provided by the client. We charge by the pattern piece (every piece we physically sew together) rather than hourly, so the MORE details in the gown, the higher the price. If you're on a tight budget, you can order a basic gown without all the extras for about $800 for labor. Rather than compromise on quality of craftsmanship, choose a simplified gown from US rather than go bargain shopping and be disappointed in the quality.
YES! YES! YES! We are well versed in the construction and fitting for other eras, namely 18th Century! Our niche has been 16th Century, but we ABSOLUTELY can create men's and women's ensembles for other eras, to include 1940s Vintage. In fact, we appreciate the divergence as we stay so booked in the 16th Century we don't' have the opportunity to "play" with samples.
We have carved out a niche for highly detailed, custom fit/drafted bridal gowns (historical themed). Because this gown is the highlight of your wedding and there are too many HORROR STORIES we hear from our clients who have used other, less reputable (but cheaper) vendors here on Etsy, we offer live, personal fittings anywhere in the United States or Canada. If you wish to avail yourself of this service, we will attach the cost of our flight and hotel to come to YOU! No more guess work. No more disappointments or risk of ordering your gown on line. We will shop for the best flight prices - flying coach - to help keep your costs at a minimum.
It sickens us, every time we hear the horror stories from clients who initially think they cannot afford one our gowns so they go to another vendor, for what sounds like a bargain, but the gown falls apart because the quality of craftsmanship is so poor. They inevitably come back to us but have now wasted $400 on a so-called "bargain." At DFT, we have built a reputation on SUPERIOR craftsmanship and Customer Service. There is no reason to go bargain hunting elsewhere! Don't let the prices in our store scare you. We can offer a basic gown for around $800. So, pay a little more initially and let US offer you a basic gown made with superior craftsmanship that will last many years. A bargain isn't' a bargain if the craftsmanship is poor!
The majority of our listing prices are for Labor Fees ONLY and requires the client to purchase their fashion fabrics and ship it to us at their expense. We DO all the legwork for you during the consult process - sourcing quality fabrics and trims. Unless the listing specifically states "Retail" or "Fabrics Included" the client should be prepared to add the cost of fabrics to their budget.
Embroidery Labor is separate from Construction Labor. We charge the industry standard for embroidery, which is $1.00 per 1000 stitches. Embroidery patterns vary in their intricacy, color changes, and stitch counts. Patterns that are dense, or have multiple colors, will have higher stitch counts.
Construction Labor is our fee to actually construct your garment. Many times the embroidery labor far exceeds the actual construction time.